Ciao! Manhattan (1972) English- Avant garde Drama
Not Rated Runtime- 84 min. dir. John Palmer and David Weisman
Avant garde movies are typically kind of strange to modern movie goers. Imagine a movie in that unique style that documents the “Silver Sixties”, then falls apart because of the subject matter, only to be picked up post-mortem and turned into a historical recounting of those events.
The seams are very easy to see, as the plot has a very evident “on again, off again” feel. It is still impressive to see that the crew was able to make something comprehensible out of the abandoned footage.
Some of the actors do the best with what they have, but several of the leads just didn’t seem to care much about the film.
Cool sets, but sometimes the shooting style doesn’t take advantage of them.
A lot of neat ideas that just come up a little flat because of the rest of the movie.
Weird, but not necessarily the good kind of weird.
I suppose if you’re into that avant garde stuff you may be entertained, but the regular viewer should probably stay away.